Too Hard to T-Tapp? Or Too Hard Not To?
by Charlotte Siems
Getting up in the morning was a slow process. Wake up, slowly roll over. Struggle to sit up, then put feet on the floor and brace myself for standing up. My first few steps to the bathroom were slow going, with creaky joints and sore knees. It was hard.
Fast forward. I had found a 15-minute workout called T-Tapp with all these so-called success stories. After working out a few weeks, I was encouraged by the inch loss, but it was especially challenging to an obese, out-of-shape 47-year-old mom of twelve. In the middle of a Basic Workout Plus I sat down on the edge of the bed and let the tears flow. It was hard.
We all have to do hard things.
There’s no escape from cleaning up after sick kids, getting up early after a sleepless night or figuring out how to stretch the grocery dollars. We may feel trapped by our responsibilities, but the truth is that we do have a choice.
We can choose to leave the mess after the children’s bout with stomach flu, but then of course we’re choosing the smell and the germs and the grossness.
We can choose to feel sorry for ourselves after a long night of wakefulness for whatever reason, and complain and let everyone know how tired we are, but then we’re choosing to make ourselves feel even worse by focusing on our fatigue and self-pity.
We can choose to go ahead and spend whatever we want at the grocery store but there is a price to pay for spending beyond our means.
We actually get to choose our hard things.
It’s hard to stay consistent with T-Tapp and it’s hard to stay out of shape. It’s hard to learn T-Tapp form and it’s hard to work out with no results because of form issues. It’s hard to keep going when inch loss is slow and it’s hard when six months have passed and we wish we’d kept going.
For some reason we think it will be “easier” down the road. It will be easier to put gas in the car tomorrow when it’s not raining. And it would be if we didn’t run out of gas on the way home ten minutes later.
There’s a real feeling of power when we consciously choose to do the hard thing up front. Finishing a workout and giving it our best is a feeling of strength and pride. Getting the laundry done two days before the trip is a feeling of satisfaction, not to mention the stress it avoids.
These are actually small choices, not huge, life-changing ones. They are easy to do….and easy not to do. The unavoidable truth is that the small choices do add up to life change. We just get distracted and forget that.
The choice is yours. Will you do your workout today? Or will you tell yourself “next week?”
Hmm, let’s see—which do you choose?
I’d love to hear your thoughts….please leave a comment below!